It’s Time to Pause…continued – Part 2

 …to reminisce, to indulge more fully than was possible at the time, in the delicious afterglow of so many happy memories of 2017.

More than making New Year resolutions, I like to take a look back on the past year to remember, to put in perspective, to fully understand, to appreciate, to reflect…and to be grateful!  I especially like to take the time to relish the many magic moments… to indulge more fully than was possible at the time in the delicious afterglow of myriad happy memories,  to take stock of a great year.

It’s time to remember the joy of:

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of Jessi, such a wonderful new member of our family

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light-hearted music making at the piano

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food preparation for Mar and Jessi’s wedding reception for our extended Italian family

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having our almost-entire family gathered at Genius Loci 


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the fun and laughter of the cousins “hamming it up”

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ricotta-filled, baked zucchini flowers and tomatoes with fried capers for a leisurely dinner at Redibis in Bevagna

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the marvel of a new day – everyday

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the super abundance of mid-summer fruit in spite of the severe drought and intense heat

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the creative buzz of professional artist Kelli Folsom teaching a Workshop

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professional artist Monte Thompson demonstrating his portrait painting techniques

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 home-cooked lunches and conversation each day with the artists

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admiring weeds as beautiful as any planted flowers

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celebrating our summer birthdays 

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Summer Solstice

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smelling the roses

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 late-evening, relaxed, outdoor dinners

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vacation days to revisit the amazing Byzantine art in Ravenna

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exploring the countryside around Ravenna

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an unforgettable fish dinner at a restaurant in Marina di Ravenna

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stocking up at our favorite fresh fish market in Comacchio before driving home

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walking around Comacchio, admiring its one-of-a-kind bridge – Il Ponte dei Trepponti

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the beauty of Maratea on our way to Sicily for a vacation

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bringing home 10 lbs. of delicious prickly pears

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Piazza Armerina to view the stunning, extensive Roman mosaics

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gorgeous Cefalù

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the THRILL of visiting the Duomo di Monreale

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overwhelming beauty of the mosaics

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wandering around charming Sicilian fishing villages

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groves and groves of my favorite tree – the eucalyptus

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the awe of the Agrigento Valley of the Temples

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the amazing fall beauty

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spending time with the Crimson and Golders

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of yet another excellent oil harvest

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our cold-pressed pure extra-virgin olive oil 

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celebrating the holidays and bringing the wonderful year to an end!!!  Thanks for joining me.

-Mary